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A Pieced, Sheer Cotton Koshimaki

Written on January 29, 2011

Two days ago, New York City was hit with a tremendous snowfall.  Although the blizzard threw the city in disarray and created havoc at the local airports, the blanket of snow on the city streets is lovely, the snow-muffled city noises are welcome–and the diffused light reflected off the snow lends a soft, cool glow to interior spaces.

And that’s why today I am showing this wonderful, piece constructed sheer cotton indigo dyed koshimaki–a kind of woman’s undergarment–against the silvery winter light.  The piecing and the translucency of the koshimaki is shown off to good advantage when back lit.I love the cotton of this koshimaki with its wiggly warp yarns which create something of a visual texture: weavers who are reading this will know how this erratic warp effect is achieved.I also like the shadowy look of these photos–and how the back lighting shows off the seams of the koshimaki.  Obviously this underskirt was sewn from left over pieces.  The center, opaque square is a piece of indigo dyed cotton.

Wonderful looking, isn’t it?It measures 20″ x 44″ or 51 cm x 111.5 cm and dates to the mid twentieth century or thereabouts.


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  1. Comment by Jean Betts:

    –as a weaver of 35 years I have to wonder if the patterning of the warp threads was deliberate or caused by the loose sett of the weave which allowed the warp threads, and to a lesser degree, the weft as well, to “shift” with hard wear over time? It does not appear to be created by using a fan/ondule reed where the warp shifting would be consistant.

    February 1, 2011 @ 2:11 pm